Milwaukee Area Technical College
2015 Winter Commencement Ceremony
Friday, December 11, 2015
UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena
400 West Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
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Student Assembly – 4:30 P.M.
Prior to the commencement ceremony a student assembly will be held where you will pick up your name card and photo card, and assemble with graduates in your program.
The application deadline to participate in MATC's 2015 Winter Commencement Ceremony is October 31, 2015. This ceremony acknowledges students who anticipate completing their program requirements in the fall 2015 semester.
Important: If you do not meet the October 31, 2015 graduation application deadline, you will not be considered for the Lamp of Knowledge Award and you may not be listed in the commencement ceremony program book.
Please take the time to read through the following information carefully to determine if you are a potential graduate for the fall 2015 semester. MATC wants to make sure that you are fully informed of the graduation process and do not miss out on this special occasion acknowledging your achievement! Thank you and have a great semester. We hope to see you walking across the stage in December!
Are You A Potential Graduate?
You must be able to answer "yes" to the following three questions to be considered a potential graduate.
Question 1: Are you officially admitted to an Associate Degree or Technical Diploma program?
You can view your active program(s), along with the program plan, on INFOnline, which can be accessed at
infonline.matc.edu or by clicking
INFOnline. After logging in to INFOnline, click "Students" then click the "Program Plan" link in the Academic Profile section. Your active programs are listed on the left. If the program from which you wish to graduate is listed then you are officially admitted to the program and can answer "Yes" to Question 1.
If your answer to Question 1 is:
YES – Continue to Question 2
NO – You MUST first be officially admitted to a program BEFORE applying for graduation from it. The steps for applying to an Associate Degree or Technical Diploma program are available online by clicking
Admissions or you may contact the Admissions Department at 414-297-6542.
Question 2: Is your program plan's program summary status "Anticipated Complete"?
Access your program plan on
INFOnline to view your program summary status. Check the box of the active program from which you wish to graduate then click "Submit" to view the program plan. Scroll down to view the "Program Summary" status. Your program plan will indicate one of the following three program summary statuses: Anticipated Complete, Complete or In Progress. If the program summary status is "Anticipated Complete" then you can answer "Yes" to Question 2. If the status is "Complete" then you may apply for graduation, but you may not be eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony. If the status is "In Progress," please contact your advisor or a counselor to determine the courses you need to complete your program.
If you have program entry requirements that have not been met, please contact the Graduation Department to confirm your program summary status.
If your answer to Question 2 is:
YES – Continue to Question 3
NO – Recheck your program summary status once you are closer to completing your program requirements to see if it has updated to "Anticipated Complete." If you have any questions regarding your program plan requirements, contact your program advisor or a counselor. Your advisor's information should be listed at the top of your program plan. If one is not listed, please contact the Dean's office for your program.
Question 3: Is your cumulative GPA at least 2.000?
Access your program plan on
INFOnline to view your current cumulative GPA. It is listed in the "Program Summary" section of your program plan. A cumulative GPA is a calculation of the average of grades of all completed MATC courses from all previous semesters up to the current semester. If your cumulative GPA is 2.000 or higher then you can answer "Yes" to Question 3.
If your answer to Question 3 is:
YES – Congratulations! If you answered "Yes" to Questions 1, 2 and 3 then you are a potential graduate. Please review and complete the
GRADUATION APPLICATION PROCESS. Please also review the
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS and
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY INFORMATION sections.
NO – Please contact your advisor or a counselor for further advisement. If you believe that your cumulative GPA is incorrect, please contact the Graduation Department at 414-297-8108.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: I am a potential graduate. Do I have to submit a graduation application?
Answer: Yes, submitting a graduation application is REQUIRED if you wish to graduate from a program, regardless of whether or not you plan to attend the commencement ceremony.
Question: How and where do I submit a graduation application?
Answer: Students may apply for graduation at any of the following four campus locations:
- Downtown Milwaukee Campus: Students may apply at the Cashier Office located on the first floor of the Student Center in the S Building
- Mequon, Oak Creek and West Allis Campuses: Students may apply at the Student Services Office
- Mequon Campus – Room A110
- Oak Creek Campus – Room A106
- West Allis Campus – Room 114
Applications are also available online by visiting
GRADUATION APPLICATION PROCESS. Mail completed applications, including the $15 fee if you plan to attend the commencement ceremony, to MATC, Graduation Department, 700 West State Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233.
IMPORTANT: BEFORE SUBMITTING A GRADUATION APPLICATION, PLEASE BE SURE THAT YOU ANSWERED "YES" TO
QUESTIONS 1, 2 AND 3 IN THE PREVIOUS SECTION TO BE CONSIDERED A POTENTIAL GRADUATE.
Question: Is there a fee to apply for graduation?
Answer: If you plan to attend the commencement ceremony there is a $15 fee due at the time you submit your graduation application. If you do not plan to attend the ceremony, you do not have to pay a fee.
Question: If I'm not attending the commencement ceremony, do I still need to apply for graduation?
Answer: Yes, you need to submit a graduation application regardless of whether or not you plan to attend the commencement ceremony.
Question: Is there a deadline to submit a graduation application?
Answer: If you wish to participate in the 2015 Winter Commencement Ceremony, the application deadline is October 31, 2015. Please also note that if you do meet the October 31, 2015 deadline, you will not be considered for the Lamp of Knowledge Award and you may not be listed in the commencement ceremony book.
Question: When and where will the commencement ceremony take place?
Answer: The 2015 Winter Commencement Ceremony will take place Friday, December 11, 2015 at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena located at 400 West Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53203.
Question: What should I expect after submitting a graduation application?
Answer: Once the Graduation Department receives your graduation application, staff will evaluate your program requirement progress to determine graduation eligibility. A letter will be sent to you via the U.S. postal service informing you of the evaluation results and the steps you need to take next. If eligible, commencement ceremony information will be included with the letter.
Graduation is processed after final grades are entered and all program requirements have been met. If all program requirements are met, your diploma will be mailed approximately mid-February 2016. Please be sure to keep your address current on INFOnline so that your diploma can reach you successfully.
Question: Will graduating from a program affect my financial aid?
Answer: Yes, once you have graduated from a program you will not be eligible for financial aid unless you are actively enrolled in another financial aid eligible program.
Question: Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
Answer: If you have additional questions regarding the graduation process or the commencement ceremony, contact the Graduation Department at 414-297-8108 or
email@example.com. If you have questions regarding your program requirements, please contact your program advisor or a counselor. Your advisor's contact information should be listed at the top of your program plan. If one is not listed, please contact the Dean's office for your program.
Commencement Ceremony Information
Cap, Gown and Tassel
Pick up your cap, gown and tassel from any campus Bookstore Monday, November 30, 2015 through Friday, December 11, 2015. Campus Bookstores will have a listing of graduate applicants and will ask that you provide a picture ID when picking up your cap, gown and tassel. Bookstore staff will be available to assist students in selecting the appropriate gown size. Each student will receive one tassel.
We recommend picking up your cap, gown and tassel during the first week of availability to avoid any delays or potential issues. Check with Bookstores for hours of operation.
Admission tickets are not needed to attend the ceremony - students are encouraged to invite as many guests as they would like. Announcements are provided with your cap and gown, if you wish to use them.
A coat check will be available at the ceremony location, but will NOT check personal items, such as purses, phones, etc.
Please note that flowers, novelties or any other personal items, such as purses, phones, etc., may NOT be worn, used or carried while walking across the stage. Electronic devices of any kind are also not permitted. We recommend keeping personal items at home or with a family member or friend during the ceremony to avoid any potential issues. Students may also want to notify family and friends that the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena does not allow balloons in the arena.
Ceremony instructions will be announced during the student assembly approximately 30 minutes before the ceremony begins. Please listen to these instructions carefully.
Please be aware that once the ceremony begins, you will not be allowed to leave until it's over.
Walking on Stage
When it comes time to approach the stage, take your name card and photo card that you receive during the student assembly with you. As you approach the stage, hand your photo card to the photographer and your name card to the announcer. Personal items, such as purses, phones, etc., may NOT be worn, carried or used while walking across the stage.
A professional photographer will be present at the commencement ceremony to take a full-length photo of each student as they walk across the stage. Students will receive a photo card to fill out during the student assembly. (THIS CARD IS IMPORTANT - PLEASE FILL IT OUT AND HOLD ON TO IT.) Please note that family and friends are not allowed on the arena floor during the ceremony to take pictures. Questions regarding photos taken during the ceremony should be directed to the photographer at
Each student will receive a blank diploma cover at the commencement ceremony. Participation in the ceremony does not guarantee graduation from a program. Graduation from a program will be processed once all program requirements have been met.
If all program requirements are met, your diploma will be mailed approximately mid-February 2016. Please make sure that your address is current on INFOnline so that your diploma is mailed to the correct address.
Childcare services will not be provided during the commencement ceremony. Please be sure to make appropriate childcare arrangements in advance.
Congratulations to all potential graduates!
700 W. State Street, Room S115A
Milwaukee, WI 53233